Anna Gelpern is a Scott K. Ginsburg Professor of Law and International Finance at Georgetown Law and a nonresident senior fellow at the Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics. She has published research on government debt, contracts, and regulation of financial institutions and markets. She has co-authored a law textbook on International Finance, and has contributed to international initiatives on financial reform and government debt. She co-directs the Sovereign Debt Forum, a collaboration among Georgetown Law’s Institute of International Economic Law and academic institutions in the United States and Europe, dedicated to cutting edge research and capacity building in sovereign debt management.

Before coming to Georgetown, she held full-time appointments at the American University Washington College of Law, Rutgers School of Law-Newark and Rutgers University Division of Global Affairs. She has held visiting appointments at Harvard and Penn law schools. Between 1996 and 2002, Professor Gelpern served in legal and policy positions at the U.S. Treasury Department. Earlier she practiced with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen &Hamilton in New York and London. Professor Gelpern has taught International Finance, Contracts, Commercial Law, Financial Institutions and International Law. She earned an A.B. from Princeton University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science.



Hal S. Scott & Anna Gelpern, International Finance: Transactions, Policy, and Regulation (St. Paul, Minn.: Foundation Press 24th ed. 2023).

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

Anna Gelpern, Sebastian Horn, Scott Morris, Brad Parks & Christoph Trebesch, How China Lends: A Rare Look into 100 Debt Contracts with Foreign Governments, Econ. Pol’y, Nov. 15, 2022, at 1-85.

Selected Contributions to Other Publications

Anna Gelpern, All the Roads to the Stock Exchange, JOTWELL, Jan. 26, 2023 (reviewing Marc Flandreau, Stefano Pietrosanti & Carlotta E. Schuster, The Puzzle of Sovereign Debt Collateral: Big Data and the First Age of Financial Globalization (Ctr. Econ. Pol’y Res., Discussion Paper No. DP17286, 2022) & Marc Flandreau, Pari Passu Lost and Found: The Origins of Sovereign Bankruptcy 1798-1873 (Inst. New Econ. Thinking, Working Paper No. 186, 2022)). [WWW]
Anna Gelpern, Silicon Rhymes with Savings and Loan (and It’s a Ratchet), Yale J. on Reg.: Notice & Comment (Mar. 29, 2023). [WWW]

Book Chapters & Collected Works

Anna Gelpern, Sovereign Debt Restructuring: In Need of a New Approach, in Dealing with Debt: Less Risk for More Growth in Latin America and the Caribbean 223-253 (Andrew Powell & Oscar Mauricio Valencia eds., Wash., D.C.: Inter-American Development Bank 2023). [WWW]